Road closure fees for street parties related to the Royal Wedding and the Big Lunch are being waived. Applications must be received by 9 March.

This will ensure that applications from residents, Street Friends and other community groups allow sufficient time for processing and potential road closure orders to be issued. Fees that normally apply of £552 for roads requiring closure will be postponed for both occasions.

“The Royal Wedding will be one of the highlights of 2018 and I expect that many residents will be looking to celebrate the occasion. It will be a great time to bring our communities and neighbourhoods together. The council would like to facilitate your celebrations.” commented Councillor William Huntington-Thresher, Executive Councillor for Environment

Councillor Huntington-Thresher added “I am pleased to say that our borough’s history of street parties and the community spirit it represents is continuing – and our Street Friends are a shining example of this. I would encourage anyone wishing to hold street parties to apply in good time and if this inspires you to make your neighbourhood a better place, think about joining Street Friends or find out more about other ways to volunteer at www.bromley.gov.uk/volunteering”.

Street party applications for the Royal Wedding on May 19 and the Big Lunch on June 3 must be received by the deadline of March 9 and will be permitted on either a Saturday or Sunday of both weekends.

Organisers need the council’s permission to hold parties on the road or pavement but fees only normally apply if the road needs to be closed. Road closures are sometimes necessary to ensure the safety of people attending the party as well as pedestrians and motorists needing to access the road.

Public liability insurance cover for these events is strongly recommended but not obligatory. Organisers are advised to visit the Big Lunch website www.edenprojectcommunities.com/thebiglunch for further information. However, the council requires that certain conditions are met and these include having diversion and warning signs at each vehicle access point and being able to easily remove tables, chairs and other temporary objects to allow access for emergency vehicles. Similarly, banners and bunting hanging across the road must be secured at a height of at least 7 metres.

Organisers and residents attending street parties and other events are reminded to be aware of security and to remain vigilant at all times. Including not leaving bags unattended, keeping valuables locked away and out of sight, and locking doors and windows, if appropriate.

Street party information and application forms or call 0300 303 8658.